SOCIAL INCLUSION: Breaking the Patterns of Bullying & Exclusion
“It has been a transformative experience to see social difficulties as a modern form of how children come to define themselves if we ‘elder’ them in an insightful way. I can now bring hope and inspiration back to a place that often seem hopeless and burdensome.”
Stuart Brown, Elementary School Teacher.
Schools today are called, not just to be places of academic learning,
but places of social learning as well. The joys and sorrows of the playground, the social
experiences we have as children can color our relationships for a
Deepens pedagogical and artistic ways to strengthen social health
Develops individual transition and recess plans to help create greater safety during social "hot spots"
Calms the "socially fevered" child without "awakening" others
Strengthens the three challenges of the socially controversial child
- Impulse control/actions. Thoughtless actions
- Empathy/feeling. Unaware of others feelings
- Perspective taking/thinking. Inability to see another child's point of view.
Provides developmentally sensitive problem solving strategies from the Kindergarten/EC through High School
Fosters respectful engagement with parents
Provides a clear road map of how the school works with teasing and exclusion
Provides a safe and sensitive structure to bring concerns to the attention of the school
Ensures good communication and follow though from the school
Fosters a strong spirit of collaboration and "village spirit" when our children are in need
Fosters respectful engagement with the faculty
Most importantly, for the children...
Creates a "telling culture", where they know the difference between "truth telling" and "tattle tale-ing"
Creates safety during transitions and on the playground
Helps them know when a situation has, or is about to, "cross the line"
Gives them tools to work through social tensions without "always making a big deal out of it"
Holds the children who are excluding accountable but without "making it worse"
TO LEARN MORE
The Social Inclusion and Restorative Discipline Process is in place in hundreds of schools world wide. Here are some links to further information that will give you a deeper overview of the process of bringing this to your school community...
An overview of the three phase implementation process. Click here
A study in the school social needs and how Social Inclusion and Resorative Discipline addresses them.Click here
For more information about the Social Inclusion Approach please...Contact us
Increase RETENTION of faculty, families and students
Increase ENROLLMENT through parent-to-parent referrals